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New Shakespeare Inspired Exhibition at the Dali Museum in St Petersburg, Florida

Presented as part of a Shakespeare Festival in collaboration with area arts organizations featuring concerts, films, visual art, theater and more
Beginning Friday, January 11, 2013 the Dalí Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida, which holds the largest collection of Dalí in the Americas, will exhibit 31 works and two illustrated books inspired by the works of William Shakespeare. This new exhibition, drawn from the museum's collection, will be on display through April 28, 2012. The exhibition is curated by Joan Kropf, the Dalí Museum's curator of the collection.
About the Exhibition
Although best known as a painter, Dalí also was a prolific writer, producing the remarkable autobiography The Secret Life of Salvador Dalí, the witty painter's handbook 50 Secrets of Magic Craftsmanship, numerous essays and critical works including The Tragic Myth of Millet's Angelus, and even the novel Hidden Faces. His involvement in the world of literature enabled Dalí to be highly sympathetic in bringing to life a diverse range of literary classics including Dante's Divine Comedy, Cervantes' Don Quixote, Goethe's Faust, and Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland. But the one writer Dalí repeatedly returned to was William Shakespeare.
Shakespeare (1564-1616) is widely regarded as the greatest dramatist in English literature. Dalí is widely regarded as the 20th century's greatest artist of dreams. This exhibition features two suites of drypoint engravings (a method in which the design to be printed is scratched directly into a plate with a sharply pointed instrument) and two illustrated books in which Shakespeare's most celebrated creations are reimagined by Dalí. Much Ado About Shakespeare (1968) includes 15 drypoint engravings and Shakespeare II (1971) includes 16 drypoint engravings. Dalí engraved the plates with fluidity and energy to depict Shakespeare's protagonists and convey his feeling for them.
The exhibit also features two bound books of Shakespeare classics - Macbeth (Doubleday, 1946) and As You Like It (London, Folio Press, 1953), which are examples of Dalí's illustrations for texts. Compared with the emblematic quality of the engravings, these book illustrations depict specific passages from the text. Macbeth features some of Dalí's most elaborate illustrations, photomechanical reproductions of original works on paper, whereas As You Like It is illustrated with reproductions of Dalí's drawings of costumes and sets for a 1949 stage production of the play.
About the Festival
The exhibition Much Ado About Shakespeare is presented as part of a collaborative Shakespeare Festival which will include two orchestra programs, five Shakespeare-inspired films, dramatic readings, Shakespeare in song, excerpts from plays and other events from January 3 through January 26. Partners include The Florida Orchestra, American Stage Theatre Company, The Mahaffey Theater, The Studio@620, Sunscreen Film Festival, St. Petersburg College School of Music, & the USF School of Music.
Shakespeare Festival Event Schedule
For details of each event, please click on the event title. Events listed in bold will be at the Dali Museum.
THU, JAN 3, 11:00amCoffee Concert: "Symphonic Shakespeare" - Presented by The Florida Orchestra
The Mahaffey Theater 400 First Street South, St. Petersburg
Stuart Malina, conductor Nicolai: Merry Wives of Windsor Overture Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night's Dream: Overture & Scherzo Walton: Richard III, A Shakespeare Suite Beethoven: Coriolan Overture Shostakovich: Hamlet - Incidental Music Walton: Henry V - Passacaglia & Touch Her Soft Lips and Part
Tickets: $24, $29 & $42 (Students: $10) Includes pre-concert talk at 10am; complimentary coffee & doughnuts 727.892.3337 or 800.662.7286 www.floridaorchestra.org
SAT, JAN 5, 1:00pmFilm Screening: Scotland, PA - Presented by The Dali Museum & Sunscreen Film Festival
The Dali Museum 1 Dali Blvd, St. Petersburg
A modernized retelling of Macbeth set in 1970s suburban Pennsylvania. Directed by Billy Morrissette and starring James LeGros, Maura Tierney and Christopher Walken.
2001 - 104 minutes - rated R Free admission to film Information: 727.823.3767 www.thedali.org
THU, JAN 10, 5:30pm"Shakespeare in Song" - Presented by The Dali Museum and St. Petersburg College School of Music
Dali Museum 1 Dali Blvd, St. Petersburg
Students from St. Petersburg College perform vocal selections based on Shakespeare's texts and dramatic works.
Free admission to performance Information: 727.823.3767 www.thedali.org
FRI, JAN 11 - APRIL 28The Dali Museum: "Much Ado About Shakespeare" Exhibit
Dali Museum 1 Dali Blvd, St. Petersburg
Two suites of Shakespearean Comedies and Tragedies consisting of 31 drypoint engravings will be on display. Two editions of his published illustrated books Macbeth and As You Like It will accompany the sets.
Adults: $21 Seniors 65+, Military, Police and Firefighters: $19 Children 13 to 18 & students 18+ with ID: $15 Children 6 to 12: $7 Children 5 and younger: FREE After 5pm on Thursday: $10 Information: 727.823.3767 www.thedali.org
SAT, JAN 12, 1:00pmFilm Screening: Prospero's Books - Presented by The Dali Museum & Sunscreen Film Festival
The Dali Museum 1 Dali Blvd, St. Petersburg
An exiled magician finds an opportunity for revenge against his enemies muted when his daughter and the son of his chief enemy fall in love in this uniquely structured retelling of the The Tempest. Directed by Peter Greenaway and starring John Gielgud, Michael Clark and Michel Blanc.
1991 - 124 minutes - Rated R Free admission to film Information: 727.823.3767 www.thedali.org
SAT, JAN 19, 1:00pmThe Dali Museum's Family Day - Presented by The Dali Museum & Sunscreen Film Festival - Featuring film screenings, family activities, refreshments, and more...
The Dali Museum 1 Dali Blvd, St. Petersburg
The Lion King - 1:00pm Bring the kids to the Dali for a screening of Disney's classic film inspired by Shakespeare's Hamlet. Kids can participate in Lion King inspired activities before and after the film. 1994 - 89 minutes - Rated G Information: 727.823.3767 www.thedali.org
SAT, JAN 19, 3:00pmRosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead
The Dali Museum 1 Dali Blvd, St. Petersburg
Two minor characters from Shakespeare's Hamlet stumble around unaware of their scripted lives and unable to deviate from them. Directed by Tom Stoppard and starring Gary Oldman, Tim Roth and Richard Dreyfuss. 1990 - 117 minutes - Rated PG
Free admission to film and kids' activities Information: 727.823.3767 www.thedali.org
WED, JAN 23, 7:00pmAn Intimate Collaboration: "All The World's a Stage" - Presented by The Studio@620 and The Florida Orchestra
Studio@620 620 1st Avenue South, St. Petersburg
The Studio@620's first of four events in partnership with The Florida Orchestra explores Shakespeare's influence on music, spoken word and more in a multifaceted artistic collaboration. Vocalists from the USF School of Music's Chamber Singers highlight Shakespeare's words in song. Co-hosted by Studio@620 artistic director Bob Devin Jones, special guests from The Florida Orchestra and guest conductor Andrew Grams.
Suggested donation: $10 Seating is limited. Reservations are suggested. Information: 727.895.6620 www.studio620.org
FRI, JAN 25, 10:00am SAT, JAN 26, 8:00pm SUN, JAN 27, 7:30pmMasterworks: "Tchaikovsky's Romeo & Juliet" - The Florida Orchestra & American Stage Theatre Company
Progress Energy Morning Masterworks: Mahaffey Theater, St. Petersburg Tampa Bay Times Masterworks: Mahaffey Theater, St. Petersburg Tampa Bay Times Masterworks: Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater
Andrew Grams, conductor Tchaikovsky: Hamlet - Fantasy Overture after Shakespeare Tchaikovsky: The Tempest - Fantasy Overture Tchaikovsky: Romeo & Juliet - Fantasy Overture
Under Artistic Director Todd Olson, actors from American Stage present scenes from the plays as preludes to the Tchaikovsky's music.
Tickets: $15, $35 & $45 (Students: $10) Post-concert talk at morning performance Pre-concert talk one hour prior to the start of the evening performances 727.892.3337 or 800.662.7286 www.floridaorchestra.org
SAT, JAN 26, 1:00pmFilm Screening: Romeo + Juliet - Presented by The Dali Museum & Sunscreen Film Festival
The Dali Museum 1 Dali Blvd, St. Petersburg
Shakespeare's classic retains its original dialogue in an "old wine in new bottles" setting in the modern suburb of Verona. Directed by Baz Luhrmann and starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Claire Danes and John Leguizamo. 1996 - 120 minutes - PG-13
Free admission to film Information: 727.823.37676 www.floridaorchestra.org

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